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Independence Day, also known as National Day, is a Sri Lankan national holiday celebrated annually on 4 February to commemorate the country’s political independence from British rule in 1948. It is celebrated all over the country through a flag-hoisting ceremony, dances, parades and performances. Usually, the main celebration takes place in Colombo, where the President raises the national flag and delivers a nationally televised speech.
Many national struggles were made in the history of Sri Lanka. And on the Independence Day all of these are remembered and celebrated. But the independence movement against the British is especially recalled.
In the President's speech, he highlights the achievements of the government during the past year, raises important issues and gives a call for further development. The President also pays tribute to the national heroes of Sri Lanka, observes two minutes of silence in their memory, challenges and vows to eradicate separatism. A great military parade is also made. In recent years it show cases the power of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and the Civil Defense Force, and the commitment, bravery, national unity and determination to achieve peace is recollected in the minds of people. Also thanking the people who fought and laid down their lives for the country.